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The Canadian Canoe Museum

The Canadian Canoe Museum
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The Canadian Canoe Museum stewards the world's largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. More than 600 in number, the watercraft and their stories of national and international significance, have a pivotal role to play in our collective future. PLEASE NOTE: the last day to visit the current museum at 910 Monaghan will be Labour Day (September 5, 2022) before we close to prepare to move to our new home at 2077 Ashburnham Drive (opening summer 2023!).
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  • AngusCampbell1961
    Dundee, United Kingdom16 contributions
    Fascinating museum which linked history of canoe building to exploration of Canada
    The Canadian Canoe Museum is a real gem. It doesn't look much from the outside but it is amazing. It highlights the use of canoes by early European traders who learned from the indigenous people how to navigate their way round the country and trade by river, lake and stream by canoe. With over 150 canoes on display and 500 more in storage, the museum is a great place to learn about canoes and about the development of Canada following European settlement. It also highlights the development of canoe building expertise and Peterborough's role as the centre of Canadian canoe building. There is so much to see and experience that there is not enough space here to do so. Just visit as you will not be disappointed. There is something for all ages. My 80+ year mother visiting from Scotland had a great time as she got a chance to dress up AND play with puppets!
    What a lovely review! We are thrilled that you had a great experience with your mother visiting from Scotland, and we agree - it may not look much from the outside, but as the saying goes, it is what is on the inside that counts!
    Written July 20, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 21, 2020
  • PolarLawyer
    Lakefield, Canada70 contributions
    This a Peterborough Must See
    The first time we went to the Canoe Museum, I thought “well this will be boring and take about half an hour”. How wrong I was! This is a fascinating collection of Canadian canoes (including many various traditional Indigenous forms of canoes and wonderful historic versions of trader canoes). You could spend almost a whole day - lots to see, great interactive displays for kids, a terrific little gift store to find a gift for the paddler in your family. It is a true local gem ...
    We are happy to have defied your expectation that the museum was boring, and have made a new fan! Thank you for visiting and reviewing, PolarLawyer.
    Written July 20, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2020
    Written March 22, 2020
  • John L
    Ottawa, Canada5 contributions
    Very worthwhile museum.
    We hadn't planned on going to the museum, but as things turned out, it was on our way as part of a larger trip, and so we took the opportunity. It has a great history of the development of canoe making and use, and how the canoe helped with the exploration and development of Canada. Of particular note is the coat worn by former Prime Minister P. E. Trudeau (Justin's dad) on his canoe outings. We enjoyed several hours viewing the various displays. Most enjoyable.
    Thank you for visiting and leaving us a review - we are so pleased that your trip ended up taking you to our museum!
    Written July 20, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2019
    Written January 30, 2020
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Byron Ellen Shaw
Asheville, NC200 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Couples
I had the best time! I have never seen so many beautiful canoes! So much history under one roof! This was the best place to stop and stretch your legs!
Written December 2, 2022
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unitedfarmers
Smiths Falls, Canada399 contributions
Aug. 2022
The museum is larger than I thought it would be, but quite interesting. It’s text heavy, so it might not be all that thrilling for children. Nice interpretation, and quite good vis a vis COVID-19 safety protocols.
Written August 27, 2022
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Elvis B
20 contributions
Aug. 2022
First time visiting the Canoe museum on vacation i must say there is a lot to see here a full day to see!!
Written August 13, 2022
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Brian B
Toronto, Canada510 contributions
Mar. 2022
This is a great treasure of Canadiana history and the history of the canoe in (primarily) North American history. Coverage in the historic collection cover West, Central, Northern, and Eastern indigenous canoe/kayak items of exceptional quality and historical authenticity. Great respect shown for the indigenous history and contributions to the collection. Wonderful selection of birch bark and dugout canoes. The area devoted to the fur trade and the Voyageurs (Courriers du Bois) is exceptionally well done. Many hands on experiences for young and old. Many curated live displays of workshops and audiance experiences with artisans and actual live demonstrations of workmanship are normally part of the exhibits. This has been suspended during COVID). Nice little gift shop as well. This display will be moving to a brand new exhibition building in about 2 years and the preparations to move the collection are underway. I especially liked the small display of Pierre Elliot Trudeau and his famous deerskin jacket.
Written March 12, 2022
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Robert Stewart
Stratford, Canada11 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Friends
This museum is exquisite. I visited today with a friend. We read every line of every caption. It would have been enough to see canoes from the Lower Mainland of BC or to see Inuit kayaks from Baffin Island. To see two canoes paddled by Pierre Elliot Trudeau, plus his Algonquin leather coat, was a touching moment in Canadian historiography and museology. Simply put: this museum is exquisite. Just go.
Written February 26, 2022
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S P
Oshawa, Canada5 contributions
Aug. 2021
VERY well put together. Impressed that it was a multi-sensory experience. The stories were rich in detail making me feel like I had been transported back in history. I especially liked the stories about famous Canadians and their adventures in a canoe. A true Canadian jewel.
Written August 12, 2021
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Thank you for this fantastic review - we are so pleased you had a wonderful experience visiting the museum!
Written August 12, 2021
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PolarLawyer
Lakefield, Canada70 contributions
Mar. 2020
The first time we went to the Canoe Museum, I thought “well this will be boring and take about half an hour”. How wrong I was! This is a fascinating collection of Canadian canoes (including many various traditional Indigenous forms of canoes and wonderful historic versions of trader canoes). You could spend almost a whole day - lots to see, great interactive displays for kids, a terrific little gift store to find a gift for the paddler in your family. It is a true local gem ...
Written March 22, 2020
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We are happy to have defied your expectation that the museum was boring, and have made a new fan! Thank you for visiting and reviewing, PolarLawyer.
Written July 20, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

John L
Ottawa, Canada5 contributions
Aug. 2019
We hadn't planned on going to the museum, but as things turned out, it was on our way as part of a larger trip, and so we took the opportunity. It has a great history of the development of canoe making and use, and how the canoe helped with the exploration and development of Canada. Of particular note is the coat worn by former Prime Minister P. E. Trudeau (Justin's dad) on his canoe outings. We enjoyed several hours viewing the various displays. Most enjoyable.
Written January 30, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for visiting and leaving us a review - we are so pleased that your trip ended up taking you to our museum!
Written July 20, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mark B
London, Canada45 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Solo
I was in Peterborough at my sons hockey tournament and I noticed the museum. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The museum is very well laid out with extensive historic and recent examples. Well worth the visit!!
Written January 25, 2020
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We are pleased to hear it was worth the visit (and we hope your son did well in his hockey tournament)! Thank you for leaving us a review.
Written July 20, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

AngusCampbell1961
Dundee, UK16 contributions
Jan. 2020
The Canadian Canoe Museum is a real gem. It doesn't look much from the outside but it is amazing. It highlights the use of canoes by early European traders who learned from the indigenous people how to navigate their way round the country and trade by river, lake and stream by canoe. With over 150 canoes on display and 500 more in storage, the museum is a great place to learn about canoes and about the development of Canada following European settlement. It also highlights the development of canoe building expertise and Peterborough's role as the centre of Canadian canoe building. There is so much to see and experience that there is not enough space here to do so. Just visit as you will not be disappointed. There is something for all ages. My 80+ year mother visiting from Scotland had a great time as she got a chance to dress up AND play with puppets!
Written January 21, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
What a lovely review! We are thrilled that you had a great experience with your mother visiting from Scotland, and we agree - it may not look much from the outside, but as the saying goes, it is what is on the inside that counts!
Written July 20, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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